Carpet Tile and Broadloom Requirements for Contractors
Upon tear-out, 100% of existing carpet, including carpet padding, must be taken to an approved carpet and/or padding recycling or reuse facility when qualifiers are met unless otherwise required by law. See the CalRecycle website for carpet recycling and reuse qualifiers.
Recycling definition: Converting any manufacturer’s old carpet or carpet components into new carpet or other products that meet the quality standards of the marketplace.
Recycling does not include:
- Carpet as Alternative Fuel (CAAF)
- Waste-to-Energy (WTE)
- Carpet used as alternative daily cover (ADC).
Carpet should be clean, dry and debris-free to be recycled. Carpet that is fire- or smoke-damaged cannot be recycled and must go to landfill.
Prepare Broadloom Carpet:
- Cut carpet into manageable lengths.
- Roll carpet and padding separately.
- Duct tape/tie the rolls for ease of stacking.
Prepare Carpet Tile:
- Stack tiles on a pallet.
- Wrap with plastic.
- Strap for transport.
CARE maintains an interactive map of public sites that collect carpet and tile for recycling here.
Carpet Tile and Broadloom Reuse
Tear-out carpet is sometimes in good enough condition to be reused. The California Materials Exchange (CalMAX) portal helps connect businesses, organizations, manufacturers, schools, and individuals with the most effective online resources for exchanging materials. Visit CalMAX.